This could be our last look at Comet Elenin...

Comet Elenin Disintegrated?

6 Oct , 2011

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Comet Elenin, the supposed “doomsday comet” that has inspired so much confusion and controversy since its discovery in December 2010,  may have broken apart completely during its recent pass around the Sun.

Discoverer Leonid Elenin posted the image above earlier today on his website, SpaceObs.org. Taken with the International Scientific Optical Network’s 18″ telescope in New Mexico (ISON-NM), it shows what may be the remnants of Elenin, a faint cloud barely visible after its exit from behind the Sun.

“On the left you can see possible position of this ‘cloud’,” Leonid writes. “Brightness of this object does not exceed 18m, which means what now, magnitude of the comet is lower then predicted on 12m. Hopefully in the near future debris of the comet will be observed on a large telescopes, and perhaps we’ll see some details of this ‘cloud’.”

Ground-based viewing of Elenin’s remains may be hampered over the next few days by the full Moon, he adds.

Although many rumors have been spread about the catastrophic danger Elenin poses to humans, in reality the comet was never a threat. Not expected to come any closer than 22 million miles (35 million km) to Earth, it’s been previously speculated that Elenin would most likely disintegrate during its current orbit.

“I don’t know why fearmongers [chose] my comet,” Leonid Elenin told Universe Today. “I received many letters from scared people. But if they believe in conspiracy theories I can’t help them.”

Hopefully this helps put some of the doomsday nonsense to rest!

See Leonid’s latest post on his site here.

Image: ISON-NM Observatory

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Luca Dasi
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Luca Dasi
October 6, 2011 9:00 PM

could not confirm the source. Where is the picture?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
October 6, 2011 9:55 PM

Here (ru version of SpaceObs).

Luca Dasi
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Luca Dasi
October 20, 2011 1:53 AM

Obrigado

Duane Crum
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Duane Crum
October 6, 2011 10:25 PM

Klingon Bird of Prey just cloaked…2012 is still on!

Lights in the Dark
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October 6, 2011 10:27 PM

…and before anyone asks, the few bright objects are background stars, “deformed after image stacking” according to Elenin (the astronomer).

Anonymous
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Anonymous
October 7, 2011 1:26 AM

“I don’t know why fearmongers [chose] my comet,” Leonid Elenin told Universe Today. “I received many letters from scared people. But if they believe in conspiracy theories I can’t help them.”

I can certainly sympathize with Elenin. Why this obscure object rather than the many other obscure comets discovered every year? The only threat this comet poses is its complete disappearance to observers before it leaves the inner solar system!

Siriogrey2012
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October 7, 2011 7:46 AM

What I don’t understand is the idea the comet would have been desintegrated about a month ago already according to NASA and now Leonid Elenin says “may have broken apart completely during its recent pass around the Sun” I mean, he’s no so sure about it? Isn’t NASA the ultimate word concerning space issues? or nobody know about where comet ELENIN is? I think the important of this object, comet, whatever, is his traveling cycle, 11.000 year

Olaf
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Olaf
October 7, 2011 9:54 PM

Who told you that NASA is the ultimate word? What about the other agencies all around the world that has nothing to do with NASA? NASA is peanuts in relationship of the many astronomers worldwide.

The 12,000 year cycle would be its next orbit, there was no previous orbit. This is its first pass through our solar system. And if it completely sublimates then there will be no more 12,000 orbit since solar wind will diffuse the gas.

G Shankar
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G Shankar
October 7, 2011 9:31 AM

Hi, Disintegrated – doesn’t that just mean smaller peices in this case? and don’t we cross its tall in a few weeks? Which means earth needs to avoid the bigger pieces that possibly could survive reentry and make impact with earth. Sounds like a worste case senerio ?

Olaf
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Olaf
October 7, 2011 9:48 PM
Earth never crossed the tail. It is all part of the domesday hoax. It only appeared like that when seen from the top but not from the side. Also these parts also move at the exact same orbit as the complete Elenin, it never gets closer than 34,000,000 km. The only difference is that a bigger fragmentation means bigger surface so it melts (sublimates) faster. Interestingly is that in order for Elenin to get closer to Earth it had to speed up with about 9 km/s at it’s closest distance. Slowing down would actually move it even further than the 34,000,000 km. This seems counter intuitive but it actually makes the orbit more curved and thus moving it… Read more »
Olaf
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Olaf
October 7, 2011 9:48 PM
Earth never crossed the tail. It is all part of the domesday hoax. It only appeared like that when seen from the top but not from the side. Also these parts also move at the exact same orbit as the complete Elenin, it never gets closer than 34,000,000 km. The only difference is that a bigger fragmentation means bigger surface so it melts (sublimates) faster. Interestingly is that in order for Elenin to get closer to Earth it had to speed up with about 9 km/s at it’s closest distance. Slowing down would actually move it even further than the 34,000,000 km. This seems counter intuitive but it actually makes the orbit more curved and thus moving it… Read more »
malih abdelaziz
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malih abdelaziz
October 7, 2011 10:18 AM

the path of the comet was visible in the behavior of the political and media elite mondiale.-Psalm 46. tour Deneve ….- the behavior of those who access the relevant information, you need a telescope to watch the skies policy

gkpet
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gkpet
October 8, 2011 6:05 AM

This is what 3, 4 times we’ve been told she is disintegrating? All this and she is still there in Google Sky, not one pixel smaller. Maybe she is a threat and maybe she isn’t, but what is up with the lies? This I don’t understand.

Hannah
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Hannah
October 13, 2011 7:25 PM

I’m not sure, but I think Google Sky uses a photo from a previous date and updates periodically…but yes, I hear ya, why so much talk and so many lies about this one little comet? (If that’s even what it is)

gkpet
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gkpet
October 8, 2011 6:05 AM

This is what 3, 4 times we’ve been told she is disintegrating? All this and she is still there in Google Sky, not one pixel smaller. Maybe she is a threat and maybe she isn’t, but what is up with the lies? This I don’t understand.

Paul Felix Schott
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Paul Felix Schott
October 10, 2011 10:50 PM
Nov 8, 2011 Asteriod. IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL THAT LIVE BY THE SEA OR OCEAN SHORE AT 1 FOOT TO 50 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. Or with in ten miles of the coast. World Wide. This will be a very close call i pray it is only that. Discovered on December 28, 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program A potentially hazardous Asteroid known as 2005 YU55. This Asteroid some what Large 400 meter-sized type – C, will pass by the Earth right between our moon and Earth. On November 8, 2011. The people on Earth have not seen a Asteroid of this size in advance. One this big Has not impacted Earth in over at least… Read more »
Hannah
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Hannah
October 13, 2011 7:20 PM
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news171.html According to this article, and I quote “Although classified as a potentially hazardous object, 2005 YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over at least the next 100 years. However, this will be the closest approach to date by an object this large that we know about in advance and an event of this type will not happen again until 2028 when asteroid (153814) 2001 WN5 will pass to within 0.6 lunar distances” Now don’t get me wrong, I have been following this Nibiru stuff for a long time, and the Elenin stuff since I heard about it, but I have to say that there a lot of fear mongers out there and I’m afraid that… Read more »
Apollyon McRisen
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Apollyon McRisen
October 14, 2011 2:39 AM
Aye don’t talk about these strange things, or the spooks disguised as pests might give you a visit…. I have left a copy of my letter to NASA, which is self-explanatory…. And now time for some fun…. anyone visiting the Himalayas, in the next few years ?…. Please don’t, coz under rock every little or small, lives the creatures with a mysterious existence…. Alien (non-human) species are an illusion…. And every time we ourselves thought of Elenin or other Comets, we were visited by household lizards…. and there was little disturbance, and some spooky presence…. so we knocked it down over & over again…. at least it is dead for the time being…. are you aware, that these… Read more »
Apollyon McRisen
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Apollyon McRisen
October 14, 2011 2:52 AM

And most people living right now…. are far better than the decayed stars of the past….. and now there are better star in newer star charts….. compared to just those nine or more silent rocks….. Maybe just a sign of your own lives, or your current boss…. I am not sure though….. But Maybe I am right…..

Rogerio Godoy
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Rogerio Godoy
October 18, 2011 11:27 PM

No, it is there, and the nonsense still going, happy end of world!

Rogerio Godoy
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Rogerio Godoy
October 18, 2011 11:34 PM

Nobody said this will end of the world, who put this words in your mouth NASA? They too dumb that they want you to believe that the world will finish because of a comet. Maybe 65 milions years we have a comet falling in our head. Did you see how many craters on the moon, maybe you did not see the space lab falling. Ok, you are special, like the planet earth is a special place no falling stars, no UFO, no earthquakes, no CO2. We are very happy, no politics, no terrorists everything is fine!

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